John Arthur Lithgow

John Arthur Lithgow Biography
Name At Birth: John Arthur Lithgow
Date of Birth: October 19, 1945
Birth Place: Rochester, New York
Occupation: Actor, Musician, Poet, Author
Years active: 1972–present
Jean Taynton (1966–1980)
Mary Yeager (1981–present)
Children: Ian Lithgow, Phoebe Lithgow, Nathan Lithgow

John Arthur Lithgow is an American author, character actor, and musician who was born on October 9, 1945 in Rochester, New York by retired actress Sarah Jane and his Dominican father Arthur Washington Lithgow III, a theatrical director and producer who manages the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. The Lithgow family moved frequently during John’s childhood years due to his father’s job. By the time John is a teenager, he has lived in Akron and Lakewood, Ohio.

He studied at Harvard College where he took up A.B. in history and literature and graduated magna cum laude. But, when he is an undergraduate, Lithgow lives in the Adams House. He also worked in the Harvard’s Board of Overseers. His performance in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Utopia Limited” has helped him made up his mind and become an actor.

His break in Broadway came in 1973 when he starred in “The Changing Room,” by David Storey. His performance in the show has earned him a Drama Desk and Tony Award for Best Featured Actor. He received the Best Actor Nomination for his role in “Requiem for a Heavyweight” in 1985 and “M. Butterfly” in 1988.

In 2002, he won the Tony Award for the Best Leading Actor in Musical for his performance as J.J. Hunsecker in the stage adaptation of the film “Sweet Smell of Success.” For the following years, Lithgow has participated in several theatrical productions such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Twelfth Night,” and “All My Sons.”

Aside from being a stage actor, Lithgow is also a successful film actor. In 1979, he played the role of Lucas Sergeant in the semi-autobiographical film “All That Jazz,” by Bob Fosse. His performances in the films “The World According to Garp” and “Terms of Endearment” have earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

When it comes to his television career, Lithgow has also starred in a lot of sitcoms and television series where he also received several award nominations and won some awards such as the Primetime Emmy Award, Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor and many more. He is known for his role in “3rd Rock from the Sun.” Lithgow also writes songs and books for children.

For his talent as an actor in theater, film, and television, Lithgow has already won 2 Tony Awards, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 5 Emmy Awards, and 2 Golden Globe Awards. He is currently married to Mary Yeager and has 3 children.

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